CHOW's Joyce Slaton writes, "It seems like every time a favorite brand of kitchen appliance or tool starts manufacturing its goods in China, quality slips .... One oft-bandied-about solution to such problems is buying heavy old cookware in thrift stores and used kitchen shops. Another is supporting businesses that still do their manufacturing in the U.S."
Other reasons for buying American may include supporting local economies and higher human rights and environmental standards.
Manufacturers on CHOW's list include All-Clad, Anchor-Hocking, Lenox, Lodge, Nordic Ware, and Pyrex. However, in some cases only certain products are made in the USA, so check the CHOW post for more details and links:
• Buy This If You Love America (CHOW)
To their list, we'd also add American Culinary, BlueStar, and Calphalon (certain products). A couple of helpful websites for finding Made in USA products include Still Made in USA.com and Find US Made.com. In all cases, we suggest reading the fine print and/or contacting the manufacturer directly to get the full details about a product.
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